Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF)

DIFF program guide 2018 FINAL DRAFT copy

Darwin International Film Festival [DIFF]
13th – 23rd  September 2018

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Tonight the Darwin International Film Festival [DIFF] launches its official program for 2018 with the exciting news that the Capricornia Film Awards [CFA] will return this year and looks like Indigenous films will clean up. Considering the breadth of nationally acclaimed NT films such as documentaries Dr G and The Song Keepers the competition this year is fierce and the awards will be celebrated in style on opening weekend Saturday 15th at Deckchair Cinema. A definite contender for CFA 2020 is the program’s only feature produced in the NT; Finke: There & Back. This sports documentary is the debut feature by rising Indigenous filmmaking star Dylan River (a race competitor himself) and explores the race from within: the contestants, organisers, paramedics, and the drive to win against the desert at all costs. Finke: There & Back is a NT Premiere and will screen on Sunday 16th with special guest cast member/competitor Luke Hayes [p 11].

How The West Was Lost sounds like an epic piece of unknown Aboriginal history. A documentary directed by David Noakes the film set in 1946 tells the story about a group of staunch Aboriginal stock workers who went on strike in the Pilbara and the power of their tremendous creativity and collective will against the most powerful political and corporate forces in WA. Screening at the NT Library on Wednesday 19th at 5.30pm [p. 22].

The Best of Territory Shorts whilst not necessarily an Indigenous program consists of 5 of the 6 films being created by Indigenous film makers and/or reflects Indigenous stories including another by rising star Dylan River – More info on page 9 of the program.

This year’s Opening Night will screen the “Best Documentary” winner at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 produced by NT filmmaker Alex Kelly. Titled Island of the Hungry Ghosts, the lushly shot documentary is a poetic profile of the forgotten asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island. This is a NT premiere and will be presented by special guest and producer Alex Kelly. Island of the Hungry Ghosts will be accompanied by live music from the 10-piece Darwin World Mix Band and will herald in a compelling 11 nights of film and industry related events from 13th – 23rd September.

2018 DIFF contains over 20 features, 15 shorts, 14 Workshops over two weekends [four days], various special guests and proudly boasts a program of films including several sourced from North Australia, S.E Asia and Darwin with its commitment to shine a spotlight on the film scene to the North rather than the South. This commitment includes a firm focus on emerging local filmmakers via SPARK, The Best of Territory Shorts and DUFF.  We set out to present a program that showcases quality film making in our region and also looks towards the North; one that is relevant to our audience but one that also piques the interest from the South. It’s our point of distinction and we intend to use it”.  Says Festival Manager Alice Body.

New initiative Neighbour Asia includes Singaporean foodie film Ramen Shop screening at Deckchair on Tuesday 18th along with a cooking demo with special guest chefs hosted by Jimmy Shu [p. 13]. Another Neighbour Asia must-see is Respecto a Filipino Hip Hop film featuring some of the country’s most prominent hip-hop artists and was awarded the “Bright Future Award” at Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival 2017 [p 18].

Birds of Passage a Colombian film was the “2018 Opening Film at Cannes Film Festival – Director’s Fortnight” and is a sprawling tale of drugs, dowries and Indigenous traditions screening on Thursday 20th [p.17].

The Deckchair Cinema remains the primary place for screenings; however, this year’s program features five [5] other venues each hosting different filmic experiences. FREE for all the family is DIFF at the Waterfront which comes alive on weekends during DIFF with family friendly movie nights and a film festival wonderland featuring films from the four corners of the world projected onto Darwin Waterfront’s open air big screen. The films from Ireland, China, West Africa and Afghanistan offer the little ones an experience beyond Disney and mainstream culture and are dubbed in English so they needn’t struggle with subtitles. While you’re at the Waterfront check out the Festival Playground – an interactive space where everyone can experience Virtual Reality Goggles and interact with Outdoor Projections.  Over at BBC Darwin there’s an art-house vibe going on in a cosy theatre set-up that screens films at 5.30pm timed for after work activities. There’s also the Hills Hoist Studios, NT Library, and CDU Business Campus [p. 28].

Closing night film Sekala Niskala (The Seen & Unseen)  is a haunting and hypnotic interpretation of the child subconscious rooted in Balinese arts and culture. Director Kamila Andini will present this screening at the Deckchair with live music by Tunas Mekar Cultural Collective [p. 21].

The 9th DARWIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has gone next level in achieving its objective to provide Darwin audiences and visitors with a celebration of world class films, animation, local screen culture, the art form of moving image, special guests and fun events where film lovers can come together and air their thoughts on what they’ve seen and raise a toast to a thriving world of cinema.
Deckchair Cinema will open nightly before the films from 6pm with endless entertainment, bar and food.

DIFF screens at Darwin’s famous fully independent outdoor Deckchair Cinema on the Darwin Harbour.  The tropical outdoor setting has a laid back ambience where you can watch the sunset before you watch your movie. Come a little earlier to dine in the tropical garden positioned by the water’s edge.

For 11 tropical nights you can watch the best quality, international film, and hear from special guests about filmmaking during the ‘DIFF’ Film Festival from 13th  – 23rd  September. If you’re in the Top End , this is one filmic tropical experience not to be missed.

DIFF opens on Thursday 13th
and closes
on Sunday 23rd with a screening of China Love 5pm at BCC and Sekala Niskala 7.30pm at Deckchair Cinema


DIFF brought to you by Darwin Film Society and Deckchair Cinema.
DIFF’s main sponsor is the NT Government (via Screen Territory and Festivals NT).
and receives funding from Screen Australia.
Other funding bodies/partners: Darwin Waterfront, Jacana Energy, Landbridge, Darwin International Airport, City of Darwin, TEABBA, One Mile Brewery

Full 2018 program of films released 24th August at Deckchair Cinema
Visit http://www.diff.net.au/ for more details.

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